New push to expand free COVID-19 testing

Created: September 25, 2020 06:47 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — There’s a push to expand free COVID-19 testing across the state to help families who have loved ones in nursing homes.

Currently, New Yorkers must have a negative COVID-19 test result within the seven days prior to be allowed to visit a family member in a nursing home.


Testing is free to eligible New Yorkers if ordered by a health care provider and performed at a test site run by the state. Otherwise, you have to pay out of your pocket.

State Sen. Pam Helming claims one woman paid $70 for a taxi ride to a free testing location just to avoid paying $175 for a test near her.

Helming says that needs to change.

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